He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people.
"We'll do whatever is necessary to defend them".
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis branded Russian President Putin as untrustworthy and a "slow learner" over what he called Moscow's repeated attempts to "muck around" in US domestic affairs.
American intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to sow discord and boost Trump's chances through a campaign of propaganda and hacking aimed at disparaging his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has criticized Russian Federation over its naval confrontation with Ukraine, saying Moscow had "brazenly" violated its agreement with the eastern European country.
Russia Nov. 25 seized two gunboats and a tugboat form Ukraine as well as dozens of personnel onboard in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
On Beijing, Mattis said the U.S.is seeking a "constructive reciprocal, results-oriented" relationship.
Haley was one of the first members of the Trump administration to condemn the attacks.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on what was discussed during the conversation, according to USA Today.
"Mr. Putin clearly comes tight".
But independent researchers and social media firms countered this conclusion, saying that Russian Federation has indeed continued its online influence campaigns to sow distrust in American democratic institutions.
"Frankly, I regret the president didn't meet with Putin" at the G-20 Summit.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the Ukraine events were the only reason Trump canceled his planned formal meeting with Putin in Argentina, not developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.